Prof William Dennison

Prof William Dennison

We are delighted to announce Professor William (Bill) Dennison, Vice President for Science Applications at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) has been named as the second keynote presenter at the 21st International Riversymposium.
Bill’s primary mission within UMCES is to coordinate the Integration and Application Network, a collection of scientists interested in solving, not just studying, environmental problems. He is actively involved in the Chesapeake Bay Program, USA and had an active role in the Healthy Waterways Campaign of South-East Queensland, Australia.
Bill has a marine science background and has published books and papers on a wide range of marine topics. In his current role his focus is on developing ways to effectively communicate science and to create credible and rigorous environmental report cards.

Keynote Address: Creating and Communicating Environmental Intelligence  

Environmental Intelligence is a system through which information about a particular region or process is collected for the benefit of improving ecosystem health. Traditionally, researchers collect data, develop models, and communicate results through well-established channels that are often ineffective at communicating results in a way that enables decision making and investment for ecosystem health.

Creating environmental intelligence has been facilitated by the dramatic expansion in data gathering capacity, novel funding schemes, and reporting mechanisms (e.g., report cards). Communicating environmental intelligence has been enhanced by innovations in data visualisation coupled with storytelling. Effectively combining the creation and communication of environmental intelligence can lead to improvements in ecosystem health

View 2018 IRS presentation here

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